PUNDIT Chris Kamara knows all about Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson’s managerial abilities; he’s seen them first hand.
Kamara was Bradford City’s manager back in 1997 when Wilson’s Barnsley beat them 2-0 at Oakwell - sealing the Reds first-ever promotion to the Premier League.
That remains the greatest managerial accomplishment on Wilson’s CV, which also includes a spell in charge of Sheffield Wednesday.
But Kamara sees no reason why his old pal cannot recreate those glory days in his current post at Bramall Lane.
“Danny is a great pal of mine, we played against each other a lot and we worked against each other that day that Barnsley got promoted,” Kamara, who also played for United, told The Star.
“It was difficult at the start, as an ex-Wednesday player and manager, but I think he’s started to win over some of the supporters there.
“They were unlucky last season; they missed out on promotion due to circumstances beyond their control with Ched Evans.
“As a manager, you deal with so many problems but to be faced with that? It’s impossible to prepare for it.
“And that penalty shootout in the play-off final was amazing; from a watching point of view, it was surreal.
“But they’ll pick themselves up and I’m sure they’ll challenge again.”
Kamara made 24 appearances for United in two spells, and experienced the pain of United’s relegation from the Premier League in 1993/94, but insisted: “I have good memories of my time at Bramall Lane, and I wouldn’t change anything.
“It was great to work with some real characters, like Alan Cork, Simon Tracey and, of course, Dave Bassett.”
Now, under Wilson, Kamara’s former employers been installed as the bookie’s favourites to win League One this term.
But the Sky Sports pundit doesn’t think they’ll have it all their own way.
“They are there to be shot at now - it’s impossible to say how they’ll do,” 52-year-old Kamara added. “Just ask Sheffield Wednesday how hard it is to get out of that division, or Leeds United. They had a few seasons before they escaped. United have got some great players, and a good manager, so you can see them doing well - but football is never as easy as that.”
Chris Kamara was speaking to The Star on behalf of Capital One, the credit card company and new sponsors of The League Cup.